munch·kin | \ˈmənch-ˌkin \

Definition of munchkin 

: a person who is notably small and often endearing

Examples of munchkin in a Sentence

“What's wrong, munchkin?” she asked the toddler.

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Maren was the munchkin who handed Judy Garland's Dorothy a lollipop in the 1939 classic, said Marc Baum, who sits on the board of trustees for the International L. Frank Baum & All Things Oz Historical Foundation in Chittenango, New York. Alex Sundby And Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Jerry Maren, last surviving "Wizard of Oz" munchkin, dead at 98," 6 June 2018 Also, Ciscoe Morris tells us about purely delightful, shade-loving woodland lilies, including a tiny munchkin that puts on a big show. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Neighborhood crime may not be as bad as some Seattleites fear and Amazon buys online pharmacy | Thursday Morning Brief, June 28," 28 June 2018 Maren, who stood just 4-feet-3, was one of more than 100 little people recruited to play munchkins in the movie. NBC News, "Last surviving 'Wizard of Oz' munchkin Jerry Maren dies," 7 June 2018 Standing at 4 feet 3, Maren was the longest-living member of the munchkins and the last surviving little person to appear in the iconic film. Nardine Saad,, "Jerry Maren, last surviving munchkin from 'The Wizard of Oz,' dies at 98," 6 June 2018 The last of the munchkins from The Wizard of Oz Jerry Maren has died. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "Last 'Wizard of Oz' munchkin Jerry Maren dead at 98," 6 June 2018 Happy Mother's Day On her first Mother's Day as a mom-of-three, Kim shared a sweet shot with all her little munchkins. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Definitive Timeline of Every Photo of Chicago West Posted Since She Was Born," 14 May 2018 The munchkins wrote thank you cards to Miss Swift and I was blessed to be able to give them to her kind daddy who promised to bring them to her before the show. Alexia Fernandez,, "Taylor Swift Treats Arizona Foster Kids to Private Concert & Pizza Party 'They'll Never Forget'," 6 May 2018 Okay, last one for today 😁 Just had to share munchkin's #gradhair. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "The 10 Best Back-to-School Hairstyles for Kids," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of munchkin

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for munchkin

the Munchkins, diminutive creatures in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum

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English Language Learners Definition of munchkin

: a child or small person

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